Collection of German Prints

The collection of German prints (SDD ) is a group of six German libraries in a consortium with the aim to build a complete a collection of the printed works of the German language and cultural area from the beginning of printing to the present, to open up, they available to the public questions and to preserve it for future generations.

Each library is responsible for a specified period of time:

The Association of German prints collection was founded in 1989 and is now funded by a five-year funding by the Volkswagen Foundation of the maintenance media of the participating libraries. In 2010, the six participating libraries was earmarked a total of 885 175 euros for acquisitions available, in 2009 there were 725 456 euros. Together with the German National Library and the special collections is the collection of German prints something of a distributed national library.


Focus of the activities of the AG SDD is the retrospective acquisition. Since there until 1912 was not a complete historical national bibliography for Germany and now are only parts of the libraries continue to participate as a partner in various cooperative development projects:

For the incunabula period (1450-1500) there is the catalog of incunabula German libraries ( INKA ) and the union catalog of incunabula, which detect both all prints produced in Europe this time.

The German prints of the 16th century are relatively well developed. Most of the still existing expenditure is recorded in the directory published in the German speaking countries in the 16th century (VD 16). The VD 16 but does not list any broadsheets.

Also for the works of the 17th century with the directory published in the German speaking countries in the 17th century ( VD 17) since 1996, a retrospective national bibliography is created.

A similar project for the 18th century (VD 18) is still in the planning phase. The works of the 18th century are listed in the catalog of Goettingen, informed by the New acquisitions on the progress of the collection activity. This applies analogously to the 19th century in Frankfurt and Berlin.

From 1913, all German plants in the German National Bibliography are listed.